Friday, August 31, 2012

The Huffington Post's Shoddy "Special Reporting"

Check out the screaming headline that passed the "World" section yesterday:

You might be wondering why the Huffington Post is choosing the day of the Non-Aligned Movement's discussions to talk about foreign aid, but that requires insight we couldn't pretend to have.

But before we move on, let's take a look at the text of the article to see what sterling information the Huffington Post would like to provide us about this topic:
"The United States is notorious for having its fingers in many pies. One of the ways Uncle Sam tries to coerce other states to get in line with his preferred policies is by doling out foreign aid -- lots of it.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) states that its function is to provide "economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States." While the effectiveness of foreign aid remains up for debate, the United States recently has continued to pump around $50 billion in aid to other countries each year.
In terms of the absolute value of aid given, the United States is the world's top donorby far. So where is all that money going?
See where U.S. dollars flow below. If you want more, the government's website has a handy, interactive map."
That's the entire article by the way. All three paragraphs worth. And you can almost feel the anti-American vibes just emanating from the choice of language. Aid is "pumped" or "doled out." Our country is "Uncle Sam," and he doesn't give aid to help people oh no sir, he does it to "coerce" people to "get in line."

The Huffington Post can't be bothered to explain how the aid gets distributed, why America gives it out (besides it's left-wing griping of course), or what positive effects it could possibly have.

I think the bias here speaks for itself, and that's before we even get to the countries. If you want to find out all the information you can go to the actual link, but the bottom four were African countries (Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya) and of the top six five of them were Muslim countries (Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan). Yet, of course, the #1 spot went to Israel, because this is the Huffington Post. And it rapidly became clear from the comments that that was the only country the readership cared about.

The top favorited comments were all raging against Israel, including quite a few that contained less than subtle variations on the "Zionist Occupied Government:"

Furthermore, Israel shouldn't even have been on the list. Based on the above text it makes it sound as if it is the US Agency for International Development that is giving out all this money, but that is not the body that provides aid to Israel. But because the Huffington Post needs to have Israel be associated with "foreign aid money," they'll let some key facts go unmentioned. This is why some of the above posters were confused, thanks to the usual biased or sloppy Huffington Post reporting.

The faux outrage continues below.

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